[p4] Which dept for build/release engineers?

Ivey, William william_ivey at bmc.com
Tue Jun 15 09:16:24 PDT 2004

> -----Original Message-----
> From: DAO, THOMAS (SBCSI) [mailto:td4585 at sbc.com]
> I've noticed that companies usually place the build/release engineers
> either under the development team or the QA team, just 
> wondering is the
> norm, and the benefits
> and drawbacks of placing them in each dept.

Well, if you have to separate QA from development in the
first place... (Seems to be the norm, but I've seen more
success in companies where each development team had at
least a couple of QA persons embedded in it - it was
like unit testing on steroids.)

Anyway, in my role of build/release something or other I
spend more time working with development than QA. Probably
a 9:1 ratio. Most of this is coaxing developers into
sensible build structures and red-flagging conflicts
between interdependant products, fixing makefiles and
scripts, etc. For QA, I mostly tell them when its ready,
pass along the fixes that were built, and answer a few
questions about structural changes. -Wm

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